With the NBA Draft tomorrow night and the start of the free-agent signing period just a week away, the rumor mill is working overtime, churning several trade scenarios with each passing day.
Some of the rumors have teeth, but most don't. Right now there are about a dozen different deals being discussed that involve Chris Paul. Meanwhile, New Orleans GM Jeff Bower insists his superstar point guard is untouchable.
What to believe? Who to believe?
Half of the teams are throwing out rumors just to trip up the competition. Most reporters are concocting scenarios because deep-down they wish they were general managers. Fans are aggrandizing fantasies with a child-like hope—fairy tales do come true and their team will be the one to land LeBron James.
It's all very crazy.
Let's take a sensible and objective look at five significant trade scenarios and unravel whether or not they can materialize.